Courses will be offered online, in-person, or via simulcast during Fall 2020 due to COVID-19. Please check the schedule below for details.

Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) is an advanced credential for those currently working in the counseling field.

Earning CADC enhances a counselor's knowledge base by learning targeted counseling techniques for individuals struggling with substance abuse.

To complete the Alcohol & Drug program at Villanova, students are required to attend 13 courses to earn a Villanova University certificate of completion.

All Villanova counseling courses are approved education hours by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). Students can apply courses and hours towards other PCB certifications if they choose or use the education hours towards recertification.



Villanova University's Alcohol and Drug Counselor certificate program is made up of 13 courses equaling 104 hours needed to sit for the CADC certification exam. The program must be completed within 36 months from the start of the first course.

  • Earn .80 CEU's - 8.0 classroom education hours - for each class to apply towards PCB certification or certificate renewal.
  • Classes are held Saturdays for 9.0 hours with a 1 hour break.
  • To complete the program and earn a certificate of completion, students must attend all 13 courses and receive a passing grade.
  • Classes may be applied towards some additional PCB counseling certifications.

Villanova Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Proof of degree - bachelors degree required (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts)

Pennsylvania Certification Board Requirements

  • For individuals to become a (CADC) Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor they must meet the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements which include:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University
  • 2 years (4000 hours) of employment as an alcohol and drug counselor
  • 300 hours of education (100 of which must be specific to alcohol and drug counseling)
  • Successful completion of the PCB exam, and sign an ethical code of conduct

If you have further questions regarding certification requirements please visit the Pennsylvania Certification Board - CADC Requirements and plan to attend the FREE PCB Orientation held at the start of each term.

Fall 2020 Program Tuition

Total Program Tuition: $2600.00 (13 classes, $200 per course)
Course Materials: No additional charge

Additional parking fees apply.


For financial information, includding cancellation policies, billing and payments, visit the College's Tuition and Fees page.

Apply by August 21 for Fall 2020!

Courses noted with a * indicate that students can choose to take this course in-person or to participate remotely via Zoom during a simulcast class session.

*Counseling & Peer Support
Aug 29, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Labor Day - no class
Drug & Alcohol
Sept 12, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Relapse Prevention
Sept 19, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
*Recovery Skills Planning
Sept 26, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cultural Competency
Oct 3, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
*Substance Abuse Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders
Oct 10, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
*Communication Skills
and Recovery

Oct 17, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Interviewing &
Counseling Techniques
Oct 24, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Halloween - no class
*Group Counseling with Substance Abusers
Nov 7, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
*Advocacy for Self & Others
Nov 14, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
*Ethical Decision Making Saturday,
Nov 21, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thanksgiving - no class
Intake/Assess/Record Keeping
Dec 5, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Countertransference & Boundary of Self
Dec 12, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm



College of Professional Studies

800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 103
Villanova, PA 19085

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Enhance your resume.

Professional education classes enable you to add new skills, expertise, or credentials to your resume and make you even more valuable to your employer.

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Expand your professional network.

Communicating and building relationships with your classmates and instructors can open new doors in your career.

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Learn from industry experts.

All programs are taught by instructors who have worked or who are currently working in the field, and who are able to share practical applications and real world examples of topics in the course.